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DescriptionThe King and the Prince of Persia are besieging the Maharajah's castle to plunder the treasures hidden inside. In order to impress his father, the Prince sneaks inside to recover the magical Dagger of Time. He quickly learns that this dagger has the ability to control time. The malevolent Vizier has other plans for the dagger, however, and tricks the Prince into unlocking a mysterious secret of the Dagger that causes the King and many of his subjects to be turned into sand zombies. Now, the Prince must figure out what has happened and try to set things right again.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is an action game with platforming and puzzle-solving elements. It updates many of the gameplay concepts from the previous games, and brings them into a fully three-dimensional world. The Prince will engage in sword fighting, wall climbing, spike dodging, puzzle solving, and more in his quest. The Prince also carries the Dagger of Time, which allows him to unleash several magical powers. The most important of these powers is the ability to reverse time. This ability allows the player to reverse their actions when they lead the Prince to his death.
- "波斯王子：时之砂" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
- "Принц Персии: Пески Времени" -- Russian spelling
- "Princ Persii: Peski Vremeni" -- Russian title
- "Prince of Persia: Písky času" -- Czech title
- "Prince of Persia: Piaski Czasu" -- Polish title
- "Prince of Persia: Les Sables du Temps" -- French title
- "Prince of Persia: Le Sabbie del Tempo" -- Italian title
- "Prince of Persia: Las Arenas del Tiempo" -- Spanish title
- "Prince of Persia: Jikan no Suna" -- Japanese title
- "Prince of Persia 4" -- Informal title
- "Bosi Wangzi: Shi zhi Sha" -- Simplified Chinese title
Part of the Following Groups
- Covermount: Fullgames
- Covermount: Level (Romania)
- Game Engine: JADE
- Gameplay feature: Time manipulation
- Games made into movies
- Games with hidden / unlockable full games
- Green Pepper releases
- PlayStation 2 Greatest Hits releases
- PlayStation 2 Platinum Range releases
- Prince of Persia series
- Setting: Middle East
- Software Pyramide releases
- Theme: Time Travel
- Ubisoft eXclusive releases
- Xbox Platinum Hits releases
|Behold the dawning of a new standard in action/platforming.||Windows||Slug Camargo (589)|
|It's like music!||Windows||Zovni (10633)|
|The Arabian Knight Returns||PlayStation 2||Terrence Bosky (5463)|
|Absolutely brilliant.||PlayStation 2||DarkDove (68)|
|Such a great game crippled by such a simple flaw||Windows||semicharm (9)|
|I feel as if I've live this moment before....||PlayStation 2||GAMEBOY COLOR! (2002)|
|Is this finally a successful revitalization of an old series?||Xbox||Classic Nigel (150)|
|Programming Marvel||Windows||Steff (11)|
|Great game for any one.||Xbox||Todd Bello (32)|
|One of the best games of 2003||Windows||Zack Green (1186)|
|PGNx Media||Xbox||Nov 19, 2003||9.5 out of 10||95|
|Game Chronicles||Windows||Dec 30, 2003||9.5 out of 10||95|
|Jeuxvideo.com||GameCube||Feb 20, 2004||19 out of 20||95|
|Digital Entertainment News (den)||GameCube||Dec 19, 2003||9.2 out of 10||92|
|TeamXbox||Xbox||Nov 13, 2003||9.2 out of 10||92|
|Joystick (French)||Windows||Nov, 2003||9 out of 10||90|
|Gamezine||Xbox||Nov 23, 2003||18 out of 20||90|
|PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)||PlayStation 2||Nov 26, 2003||9 out of 10||90|
|MS Xbox World||Xbox||2004||8.5 out of 10||85|
|GameSpy||Windows||Jan 04, 2004||80|
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1001 Video GamesPrince of Persia: The Sands of Time appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
AdvertisingThe Internet marketing for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was Ubisoft's most successful campaign so far. Ad agency Digital Outlook targeted 15-24-year-old males with ads featuring characters from the game and its "acrobatic action gameplay". A DHTML overlay showing the Prince slicing through the computer screen with his sword had a click-through rate of 26.1%. A streaming video ad, showing the gameplay, had a click-through rate of 23.43%. These rates were 4x higher than the host site's average.
Armitt, Claire. Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time. (Case Study)" New Media Age. May 6, 2004 p30.
CoverThe PlayStation 2 Greatest Hits budget release of the game confusingly uses the cover art of the 2010 game Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands.
FarahCurious about how Farah feels about the Prince? Use the free-look button to look at her during the game to see how their relationship grows.
MuralsOn the opening level, just after the room in which you first see the sands of time / giant hourglass, you find a water-filled passage that has 6 murals on the walls. The contents of the murals seem to describe the legendary history of the sands of time :
1) A blue god and winged goddess cradle the earth
2) A red demon kills the blue god as he sleeps
3) The red demon stalks the earth, eating humans
4) The blue god returns from the dead and strikes down the red demon with lightning
5) The blue god collects the sand from the red demon and pours it into an hourglass
6) The blue demon grow four arms - 2 sport the hourglass - 2 carry a sword and the severed head of the red demon. Humans worship at his feet.
Hidden gamesThe Playstation 2 and Gamecube versions feature a hidden version of the original Prince of Persia , which once unlocked can be played at will.
The X-Box version of the game features the first Prince of Persia, but also features a hidden Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow & The Flame, which will also show up as unlocked content.
The Windows version of the game does not feature either game hidden anywhere.
RustamSeveral times the main characters mention the "legendary" Rustam in comparison to what the Prince is able to do. Rustam was a Persian hero noted for his great strength. Born with prematurely gray hair, Rustam slew a rampaging white elephant with a single blow at the age of ten.
More at "Rustam." Encyclopedia Mythica. 2004. Encyclopedia Mythica Online.
- 2003 – Best Console Graphics of the Year (PlayStation 2)
- Computer Games Magazine
- March 2004 - #7 Game of the Year 2003
- Computer Gaming World
- March 2004 (Issue #236) – Action Game of the Year
- March 2004 (Issue #236) – Weapon of the Year (for the Dagger of Time)
- February 2006 - #166 out of 200 of the "Greatest Games of Their Time"
- 2003 – #10 Game of the Year (together with SoulCalibur II)
- 2003 – #4 Xbox Game of the Year
- 2003 – #9 GameCube Game of the Year
Related Web Sites
- Prince-of-persia.com (Official website)
- The Final Hours of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Gamespot's extensive article about the production process of "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time".)
- Wikipedia: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Information about Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time at Wikipedia)
- Zarf's Mini-Review (A mini-review of the PlayStation 2 version of The Sands of Time by Andrew Plotkin (November, 2003).)
PlayStation 2 Credits (250 people)
223 developers, 27 thanks
Claude Langlais ("Le Moine")Lead Level Designer:
David Châteauneuf ("Vieux Débris")Art Director:
Patrick Beland, Mark Besner ("Boulet"), Éric Bibeau, Matthew Clarke, Dominic Couture ("Coust"), Marc Desfossés, Nathalie Dubois (Hop&Go), Richard Dumas ("Fuzz")